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7th Baguio Tanabata Fest marks 60th Philippine-Japan friendship

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BAGUIO CITY – The 7th Baguio Tanabata Festival 2016 opens in Baguio with the theme “Dream of Date Masumane: Galleon San Juan Bautista to the Sea of Tanabata” is a two and a half month event which started last June 15 with a poster design contest by the Bag-iw Art Society.

This year’s Tanabata festival is to commemorate the 60th year of Philippines-Japan Friendship and the over 400 years since Date Masumane’s envoy Keicho Mission by Galleon San Juan Bautista to the Vatican and Spain, and five years of Cosplay Tanabata Festival. Baguio Tanabata is patterned after the biggest and most famous Sendai Tanabata Festival in the Miyagi Prefecture of Japan, inspired by the warrior Date Masamune. According to history, Masamune Date (1567- 1636) was one of the most strong daimyo (feudal lord), in Tohoku region and the founder of the modern-day city of Sendai.

“Tanabata” means evening of the seventh which is celebrated in Japan on the 7th day of the 7th month wherein, according to the Gregorian calendar falls in the month of August. During said festival, streets are decorated with small and big bamboo structures where wishes and origami decorations are hung. The hanging of wishes is inspired by the love story of Orihime (a weaving princess) and Hikoboshi (a cow herder) that as legendary account were separated by Tentei (the Sky King) across the milky way (Amanogawa) after failing to take responsibilities after their marriage.

Happening also for the first time this year in Baguio is the “EIGASAI- Japanese Film Festival” which was formally presented on a simple media press conference at Station Hill, Vallejo Hotel and afterwards a special screening of “Crossroads” at the FDCP Cinematheque as starter for the EIGASAI Opening Night on August 11 at SM City Baguio Cinema. Eight more contemporary films are to be screened at the SM cinema until August 14 then back to FDCP Cinematheque on August 15 for the remaining two films, all for free admission.

Three exhibits are lined up at the Baguio Museum on August 6, 2016 they are, the 7th baguio Tanabata Festival 2016; Building tomorrow; and “Sendai Tabanata, Date Keicho Envoy Mission, Four Seasonms in Miyagi” poster exhibit. Also the 5th year event of “Cosplay Tabanata5” will be held at the Baguio City National High School by the Cosplay Community wherein a full “fun filled day” is at stake.

The 7th Baguio Tabanata Festival 2016 is sponsored by the city of Baguio, Japanese Embassy; Japan Foundation, Manila; JICA Philippines Office; Japanese Association in Northern Luzon (JANL); Filipino-Japanese Foundation of Northern Luzon (Abong); FDCP-Baguio Cinematheque; Baguio City National High School; Tourism Division Miyagi Prefecture Government; Miyagi San Juan Bautista Museum; Sendai Tabanata festival Support Association; All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd.; Saint Louis University, University of the Cordilleras; University of the Philippines; Benguet State University and the Baguio Museum Inc. ABN

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